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By William Shakespeare

From the hilarious mischief of the elf Puck to the tough humor of the self-centered backside and his fellow gamers, from the palace of Theseus in Athens to the magic wooden the place fairies play, Shakespeare’s magnificent A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play of attraction and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of affection.

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Quince Robin Starveling, the tailor. Starveling Here, Peter Quince. 42 Tom Snout, the tinker. Snout Here, Peter Quince. 43 Myself, Thisbe’s father. Snug, the joiner, you the lion’s part. 44 Snug Have you the lion’s part written? 45 Quince You may do it extempore,46 for it is nothing but roaring. Bottom Let me play the lion, too. I will roar, that47 I will do any man’s heart good to hear me. ” Quince An you should do it too terribly, you would fright the Duchess and the ladies, that they would shriek.

34 Flute What is Thisbe? 35 Quince It is the lady that Pyramus must36 love. 40 Flute Nay, faith, let me not play a woman. 38 You shall play it in a mask, and you may speak as small39 as you will. Bottom An40 I may hide my face, let me play Thisbe, too. ”41 29 Phibbus’ car ϭ the chariot of Phoebus Apollo, the sun god 30 make and mar ϭ create/cause total success or total failure (“make or break”) 31 exalted, sublime 32 strain, style 33 comforting, sympathetic 34 take . . on ϭ perform, undertake, tackle 35 wandering knight ϭ knight errant (errant ϭ roaming, traveling) 36 is supposed/needs/ought/is fated to 37 (since Flute is a master workman, he cannot be a budding adolescent and must, accordingly, be for some reason testosterone-deficient) 38 all one ϭ one and the same (“irrelevant”) 39 gently, soft 40 if* 41 (misprint for Thisbe?

For some closer examination of such matters, see Burton Raffel,“Who Heard the Rhymes and How: Shakespeare’s Dramaturgical Signals,” Oral Tradition 11 (October 1996): 190– 221, and Raffel,“Metrical Dramaturgy in Shakespeare’s Earlier Plays,” CEA Critic 57 (Spring–Summer 1995): 51–65. 17 Theseus Go, Philostrate, 18 the Athenian youth to merriments, Stir up Awake the pert and nimble19 spirit of mirth, Turn melancholy forth20 to funerals. 22 15 exit Philostrate Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword,23 And won thy love, doing thee injuries.

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